Operated as a philanthropic organization since 2008, the Dulye Leadership Experience (DLE) has helped professionals everywhere take action to become the leaders they aspire to be.
Our mission is to deliver enriching developmental and networking programs year-round for career and life advancement. Our smart, supportive community of members aim and act to make a positive impact in the towns where they live and the organizations where they work.
The DLE is managed and underwritten by founder Linda Dulye and her firm, Dulye & Co. consultancy, experts in creating magnetic cultures through leadership and employee engagement.
In 2008, the DLE was established in partnership with Linda’s alma mater–Syracuse University–as visionary, immersive training to prepare undergraduates to successfully transition into the workplace. Direction changed in 2017 when Linda moved to Western Massachusetts to reestablish her home and business. Programming shifted to attract, develop and retain young professionals in the Berkshires as an engine for economic vitality. In-person, educational forums and skills workshops augmented the DLE’s signature annual retreat.
COVID triggered a seismic shift at the DLE. Radically changed workplaces dramatically elevated the need for learning, collaboration and connections. Through an investment in new technology, DLE programs became exclusively virtual and escalated in frequency and variety. The changes attracted an even more diverse professional network–suddenly multi-generational–stretching from coast to coast and beyond.
Reflecting the dynamic environments of our members, the DLE has gone hybrid in 2022. Virtual offerings for learning, connecting and sharing ideas merge with in-person events, as safety standards permit. Volunteerism is an expanded feature through community outreach projects in our home base of the Berkshires.
Constant since 2008 has been our commitment to explore emerging trends, improve vital skills and stimulate networks for career and life success. The DLE is a constant source of inspiration for entrepreneurs, managers, rising leaders, interns and executives. And, amidst increasing operating costs, DLE membership and extensive offerings continue to be fee-free through the sustained underwriting of Dulye & Co.
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Our 2023 Direction
Experiences that create community are trending large for 2023. NPR recently highlighted that communal eating is the culinary vibe for the new year. “People are really looking for a sense of community. It just has never been stronger,” declares the New York Times’ food editor Kim Severson in this featured interview.
In response, the food industry is introducing shared snack offerings and other group consumption selections. “There’s a sense of community coming through … a new snack from Frito-Lay with tiny little Cheetos and SunChips in canisters that have specifically been designed to share and pour into friends’ hands. And at restaurants, there are appetizer towers and dessert towers and large-format cocktails.”
In a report on 2023 social trends, Sendible affirms that community matters more than followers. “One of the ongoing messages we see on social media is that you need to build a community,” says the London-based social media management platform provider.
DLE research indicates similar trends for professional development. A recent survey of community members who attended the DLE 2022 Leadership Immersion revealed overwhelming interest in group learning exchanges. Programs with emphasis on networking and building professional relationships stood out as most requested by members completing the DLE 2023 Direction Survey conducted in December 2022.
Another dominant trend emerged in the requested format of future programs. More than 60% of respondents indicated in-person matters most in 2023.
Responsive to members’ feedback and distinctive of our trendsetting practices, the DLE will elevate communal learning opportunities in 2023 through intentionally designed programming for professional and personal development. Volunteer members who serve on planning committees for the ever-popular Culture Chat, networking events and community service will be guided by ideas and insights submitted in the 2023 Direction survey.
Also in discussion are new professional development opportunities that would unite community members with leadership experts and authors, similar to the interactive sessions that earned hearty accolades at the DLE 2022 Leadership Immersion. As one attendee described their communal learning experience, “The Immersion provided valuable networking opportunities, community support and stellar interactive learning. This is by far the best conference I have ever attended. I left with new knowledge and new contacts, new inspiration and a practical, actionable plan for growth going forward.”
Our Dulye & Co. Team
Linda Dulye, President
Growing up in her family’s commercial printing and newspaper businesses in New York sparked the entrepreneurial spirit that guided Linda Dulye to establish Dulye & Co., an internationally recognized leader in high-impact employee engagement and workplace culture programs.
Currently celebrating its 25th-year anniversary, Dulye & Co. has worked closely with leaders at all levels at General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce, CIGNA, Cardinal Health, United Technologies, Bobcat, Thermo Fisher Scientific, The Army Corps of Engineers and other respected organizations to build her company’s trademark Spectator-Free Workplace™ where relationships and results thrive.
Prior to starting her firm, Linda held leadership positions in corporate communications, leadership coaching and change management with General Electric, Duracell, Allied Signal, Grey Advertising and Public Service Electric and Gas.
Linda’s passion for helping others create meaningful connections where they work and live inspired her to launch the Dulye Leadership Experience (DLE) in 2008. Originally founded in partnership with Linda’s alma mater–Syracuse University, and since 2016 an independent charitable endeavor subsidized by Linda, the organization delivers critical skills training for career success through year-round workshops, career coaching, meetups, conferences and networking programs.
She has personally invested in the professional development of hundreds of rising leaders in the Berkshires and hundreds more across the US and beyond. The prestigious 40 Under 40 Berkshires Awards in 2022 included seven active leaders from the Dulye Leadership Experience. She has engaged hundreds to serve on DLE-organized volunteer teams in the Berkshires to sweep municipal streets and clear homes being rehabilitated for homeless families. Linda’s commitment to volunteer service extends to roles with numerous cultural, civic, animal welfare, faith-based, BIPOC and non-profit organizations in the Berkshires. Her steadfast support of community and business vitality has earned her the prestigious Berkshire 25 Award for creating impact and the 2023 Women of the Year Award from Girls Inc. of the Berkshires.
Linda earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Syracuse University and is a robust Orange fan, sporting GO SU on her license plate. She received her master’s degree in International Relations from Drew University. She starts every day with walks with her husband, Roger, and family pooches Adele and Luther, followed by a combination of swimming, spinning, lifting, erging and rowing. Linda and Roger have three grown children in various US locations.
- 10/25/20: Small Biz Sunday podcast, “Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs” – https://youtu.be/rrAd_8SURN0
- 3/12/21: Dulye Leadership Experience podcast, “Find Your Patch of Blue: Staying Positive in Hard Times” – https://youtu.be/Ib9Ptg4V34s
- 8/17/21: Heads ‘N Tales podcast, “Taking Ownership of Your Career After Sports” – https://youtu.be/s60mJyzikCg
- 4/6/23: It’s About to Go Down! with Marc and Cathy podcast, “Crusade for Conversations” – https://youtu.be/xF9ahLWHISE
- 5/12/23: 89.7 WTBR-FM’s “Morning Drive” – http://pittsfieldtv.org/program/?id=47712
Nicole brings experiences from numerous fast-paced, high-growth industries, including clean beauty, travel and HVAC. She has worked with businesses of various sizes and stages.
For nearly a decade, she has worked closely with business owners and across teams to create efficiencies and harmonize activities in the workplace.
In her current role, she supports Dulye & Co. and the Dulye Leadership Experience, working alongside President Linda Dulye in day-to-day operations that involve data management, member/client engagement, measurement practices, communications, event planning and marketing strategies.
Prior to joining Dulye & Co., Nicole held a key operations role at Berkshire-based Laureyns United, Inc., where she was actively involved in the merger of two, locally-owned HVAC companies, taking on numerous managerial roles in administration, technology and marketing. She was instrumental in implementing a paperless system for field technicians, the establishment of a mobile device management (MDM) system to deploy and monitor over 70 company-owned devices, and the creation of a new brand identity.
Prior to her substantial role within her family’s business, she worked in a niche area of the travel industry at Premier Tours, LLC helping to plan custom incentive trips for broadcasting stations.
Nicole earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design & Digital Media from Champlain College and has lent her creative eye to branding materials and logo development.
Outside of work, she is an avid music lover and enjoys hiking, traveling and cross-stitching. As a new resident of Los Angeles, California, she is excited to explore what the Golden State has to offer.
Jackson Eng has over 15 years of experience managing technical development in software, web and mobile app development. He started his career in operations and transitioned into project and product management.
Jackson enjoys working in startups and is passionate about creating technology products that are valuable, usable and feasible.
He joined Dulye & Co. as the Technology Lead in July 2011. In his role, he oversees Dulye & Co.’s infrastructure and helps manage the company’s measurement projects.
Jackson is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management and the School of Information Studies, where he studied Marketing and Information Management.
Jason McGill joins the DLE and Dulye & Co. as a creative and social media intern, flexing his creativity to advance both organizations’ missions. As a graduate student at Syracuse University, his degree in Multimedia and concentration in UI/UX has focused his skills on the digital side of creative and visual design.Jason brings valued experience, having worked on the creative team at Socialike Agency, where he developed social media content and visuals, as well as assisted in digital marketing and communications efforts for a variety of clients. He is active with TNH Advertising and Hill Communications student-run agencies at Syracuse, stepping up as a member of the creative team for both organizations, assisting in developing digital branding materials, visual content, and video reels for local clients interested in growing their brand awareness. Jason is passionate about music and has been a singer-songwriter, producer and DJ for nearly a decade. As a new DLE member, he is excited to grow his network and expand his professional portfolio.
Sophie Casciano joins the DLE team as the Communications Intern, facilitating creative conversations and broadcasting them through the DLE newsletter, the HUB, and other outreach platforms. A senior at Syracuse University studying Marketing and Data Analytics, she has a strong interest in the DLE’s mission of professional development.
Sophie has corporate marketing experience from prior internships at Macy’s Inc. in New York City. She was able to build her cross-functional collaboration skills while learning the ways in which a company “builds its brand.” An achievement from the internship for Sophie was winning the internship-wide presentation competition where she and four other team members presented an innovation strategy for targeting under-40 customers.
Sophie is a member of the Women’s Network, which allows her to connect with other women interested in business on the Syracuse campus while also learning soft skills for corporate workplace culture.
Her career ambitions are to work as a brand and content coordinator in New York City to further her marketing expertise. She is driven and creative-minded, and enthusiastically welcomes the new connections the DLE brings.
Attending the Breakfast Club for the first time, I felt so willing to be a part of the shared experiences that everyone gave in a personal way about their professional lives. There is nothing like the DLE in Brazil. - Lucas Valois, Marketing Analyst, GMC IST
Presenting to the Dulye Leadership Experience was particularly enjoyable because the eagerness, authenticity and connectedness of the community was so palpable. In my experience, finding such a high level of realness and mutual appreciation is a rare thing. Bravo to DLE on creating a community that really feels like community." - Karden Rabin, Founder of the Stress School and Boundless
For those looking to jumpstart career and personal goals this fall, I highly recommend the Dulye Leadership Experience. Linda Dulye has been a great mentor for me and many others since the beginning of this program in 2008." - David Bell, Chief of Staff, Wipro Limited
That weekend in the beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts changed my life. Linda Dulye, as well as, the amazing people she assembled to create the Dulye Leadership Experience, help me find my passion. At the DLE I decided I wanted to become a financial advisor. Over the past two years, Linda and the DLE community have helped me achieved my goal. Now at the age of 24 years. I’m a fully licensed financial advisor studying for his CFA Level 1." - Marcus Coleman, Registered Client Service Associate, Raymond James
The DLE Gen Now will help you take your career to the next level, no matter which industry you are in, or how much experience you have. You will be inspired, challenged, and coached by a diverse network of professionals who can offer everything from leadership training to financial advice. You will leave the weekend motivated to prepared to be a better professional and person — and have a whole team of people in your corner, cheering you on and holding you accountable for years to come!" - Danielle Waugh, Investigative Reporter, WPEC
I don’t say this often, but the Dulye Leadership Experience was easily one of the most life-altering events to happen in my life. I knew I had the skills needed to be successful, but this weekend-long program was the catalyst for putting it all together and working in a way that allowed me to thrive in not only my professional life but my personal life as well. Over the course of a weekend, I learned how to sharpen my networking skills, be confident around others, learn to keep track of my finances, and how to collaborate and be a valued voice in the room." - Jesse Noll, Manager of Content & Experiences, Wavemaker
It never ceased to amaze me how the DLE has been a magnet for people all over the country; all of whom share a similar desire to build community, experience growth and give back." - Cam Besse, DLE Advisory Board Member, Account Executive, Berkshire Fairfield Insurance Agency
The openness and willingness of the DLE community to connect with new members, encourage them to do their best, and support them during these trying times has been invaluable. In a world where we can mostly only connect with people virtually this year, I have never felt alone nor isolated thanks to the wonderful DLE community." - Kaled Rocha, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
As difficult as this year has been for so many of us, when we can take some time and find something good in our lives, it totally makes a world of difference. Thank you for all the work you do! I can say the DLE has been such a wonderful experience in my life this year - for that I am very thankful!" - Nicole Hall, Advanced ILS Technician, General Dynamics Mission Systems
I really look forward to the 10-second poll results in the HUB newsletter. I believe it helps keep the pulse on what is happening with the DLE community and is a quick litmus test. I like it so much, I have done it with my own organization. I appreciate the help and only wish I had found DLE earlier in my career." - Nicole Ferry, Special Agent in Charge, CSX Police Department
For years, I've been blessed by the energy, community, and camaraderie of the DLE network. While networking and learning opportunities have always been high quality, it's truly the people who make it such a special experience." - Dr. Andrea Lein, PHD, Clinical Psychologist, and DLE Retreat Faculty Member
I had tons of fun on the Breakfast Club zoom. Hearing from such interesting people was fantastic and it sounds like the DLE experience has been transformative for many." - Tim Goggins, Associate Dean of Admissions at Blair Academy
My mission in life is to serve and pour inspiration and motivation into people daily. The DLE provided a platform to share my story among entrepreneurs and professionals from all different backgrounds at the Breakfast Club." - Lou Alexander, CEO/Founder of BIG A88 JOGGER
The DLE is centered around the connections between interesting people and impactful conversations." - Nicole Hall, Advanced Integrated Logistics Support Technician, General Dynamics Mission Systems
Linda Dulye is the real deal creating community and adding value to our lives as professionals. If you could benefit from a safe space for mentoring which will help you troubleshoot and navigate the real world after college, join the DLE community." - Nayma Silver, Founder & Executive Director, Project Beauty Experience Inc.
When invited to speak at the DLE Breakfast Club, I was immediately excited when I learned that we would be meeting virtually at 7AM. I am a firm believer that early birds get the worms and it was just that. Everyone was attentive, curious and genuinely cared about my story and advice. Many of the participants were still on the video call an hour after we finished the formal program just to ask questions and soak up knowledge. What a wonderful community, experience and initiative to inspire our next generation of thinkers and entrepreneurs of all ages! Much love and respect to Linda Dulye for curating such a safe, diverse and thoughtful space for the community. " - Derrell Smith, Former NFL Player, Owner of 99EATS, Creator of Amazeballs
Thank you so much for bringing me into your wonderful community. It was such a pleasure to be there and see what an amazing group you've cultivated. Whenever I chat or speak, it is always centered around fitness, and it was such a change-up for me to be able to talk about risk-taking in business!" - Gina DiNapoli, Founder/Owner, JABS by Gina
I look forward to Friday Mornings with the DLE Breakfast Club. I love waking up, making a coffee and tuning into a new topic that I can learn and grow form. The sense of community, even virtually, is what keeps me coming back for more." - Beth Gilbert, Youth Case Manager, 18 Degrees